i was born with spring
& began as a pulsating embryo
under a maple leaf

wriggling my tail by blind instinct
i emerged from a translucent sack
swimming towards clumps of reeds

soon i became an insatiable mouth
a propeller searching for clumps of algae
mosquitoes & aquatic plants

my world was dangerous
& exciting
& many siblings were devoured
by birds or bass

as summer came my tail shrank
& fins shriveled away
one morning
my head rose above water
& i climbed onto a lily
then croaked –
"it'z wonderful ta be a frog today!"